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Montclair in Galapagos Spring 2016
Galápagos Island, Ecuador (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Description:

Montclair at the Galápagos: Natural History and Ecology

Course Dates:January – May 2016

Travel Dates:May 23-June 8, 2016

Payment Deadlines and Costs
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Mr. Charles Darwin FRS Dr. Lisa Hazard, Course Professor

 Montclair State University’s Department of Biology offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to discover the evolutionary ecology and geology of the Galápagos Islands and the rainforests of Ecuador.   This 15 day adventure includes a tour of the volcanic islands and unique wildlife that inspired the young Charles Darwin, condor viewing in the Antisana Reserve, the lush cloud forest with its incredible biodiversity and birdwatching opportunities, and the Otavalo Market,. 

This is a rugged excursion that requires a high level of physical activity (i.e. extended walks over rocky, muddy terrain, swimming, and snorkeling). If you are physically unable to participate in scheduled activities, we cannot provide alternatives. Participants will be required to provide a doctor’s clearance of good health.


Professor Lisa Hazard’s areas of focus include conservation physiology and physiological ecology of reptiles and amphibians.  She received her PhD from the University of California Riverside and has served as Chair of the Department of Biology.

All students register for the spring 2016 semester for
                BIOL 495: Selected Topics in Ecology (undergraduate students)
                BIOL 589: Selected Topics in Ecology (graduate students)
Undergraduate prerequisites: BIOL 213 and BIOL 230 or permission of instructor. This course will acquaint the student with recent developments and specialized content in the biological sciences. Examples of topic areas are: vision science, biological modeling, forensic entomology, disease ecology, pathophysiology, and mitochondrial genomics. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology major. This course may be repeated once for a maximum of 8.0 credits.

Graduate prerequisites: BIOL 570 or permission of instructor. This course is designed to provide advanced biology and molecular biology graduate students with a literature intensive exploration of current developments and specialized content in the biological sciences. Topics will cover specific research areas in ecology. This course is designed to fulfill elective requirements of the biology masters degree and the molecular biology masters degree. 

Gala_April Galapagos

Accommodations and Meals

Participants will be staying at hotel accommodations inmainland Ecuador andon the Galápagos Islands (two occupants per room); in the cloud forest some cabins may be shared by three or four people.

Cloud forest

Esitmated Program Cost: $5,100 PLUS Tuition
Program costs are based on 10 participants and current exchange rates and are subject to change.

Program fees include:

  • RT airfare to Ecuador.
  • Transfers between airports and hotels
  • All program-related transportation, including flights within Ecuador.
  • All day trips include lunches, some dinners.
  • Hotel accommodations in Ecuador, including breakfast

Expenses NOT included in the program fees:

  • Some meals (approximately $100).
  • Personal expenses (app. $100-200).
  • Park entry fees ($130).
  • Ecuador departure tax ($15).
  • Tips and gratuities for local guides ($200).
  • Vaccinations (consult your doctor)
  • Trip insurance (generally < $50)
  • Textbooks (approximately $100)
As a spring semester course, University course credit would be incorporated into spring tuition.

All participants must be in good standing with a minimum GPA of 2.75. All participants are required to have 1)an interview with the Faculty Director,2)the online application which includes one reference form completed by any other faculty member, and 3)the $100 application fee. The payment schedule for program costs is as follows:

Once accepted into the program, the payment schedule for program costs is as follows:

Non-refundable Application Fee by July 15 $100
First Deposit by Dec. 15 or upon acceptance $1,000
Second Deposit by Feb. 15 $1,500
Final Payment by March 15 $2,600   
Payment for program costs is handled through the Global Education Center and not through the Bursar. Payment can be made by check, money order or by completing a credit card authorization form, but not through online payments. Make Checks payable to "Montclair State University".

Cancellation policy:
Because commitments are made by the University based on the number of students, there is a sliding scale of cancellation penalties beginning from 20% of the program cost at the 90 day point (February 24) and 50% of the program cost at the 60 day point (March 24). Cancellations received after April 24 are non-refundable.

 For further information:
Contact Professor Hazardat or 973-655-3418
Contact the Global Education Center at or 973-655-4185.
Visit us on the web at

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This program is currently not accepting applications.